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Peanut allergy? The dry roasting process may be to blame




Peanuts are offered for sale at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 27, 2008.  AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Peanuts are offered for sale at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 27, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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The peanut used to be America's favorite nut. But now they've become persona non grata at schools and on airplanes because of allergies.

Scientists have struggled to pinpoint exactly why peanut allergies are on the rise. And it turns out the peanut itself may not be to blame.

That's according to new research recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 

Quentin Sattentau from Oxford University led the study, which found that chemical changes that occur during dry roasting may increase the odds of an allergic reaction to peanuts.